Monthly Archive for April, 2014

Erie Canal App For BlackBerry 10 From The AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge

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Recently, AT&T, in partnership with RIT, Digital Rochester, High Tech Rochester and Hack Upstate, held the Rochester Civic App Challenge. The two month virtual hackathon challenged developers to build and deliver mobile apps that serve community needs and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment. It’s an interesting concept which is often done through Open Data initiatives. At least one app, the Erie Canal app, is available on BlackBerry 10.
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PhoneGap Bootcamp Is 2 Days of Converting Mobile Apps To Web

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PhoneGap Bootcamp is a project by Demian Borba (and I’m sure other collaborators) who is a Developer Envangelist at BlackBerry. PhoneGap Bootcamp is 2 days of intense training converting mobile apps using Cordova for iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10, focusing on single page apps and performance. It sounds like an awesome event and if you want it in your area, you can apply on their site.
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BlackBerry 10 Needs Better Call Management Apps

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The above image shows that the Caller ID API is a feature logged in JIRA but it still isn’t coming.

Almost all of the “call management” apps on BlackBerry 10 are apps that completely block all incoming calls. Why would anyone want that as a feature? Just turn your phone on silent. The whole Call Management category is broken on BlackBerry 10. Some apps, like Call Manager by CSL Limited, have terrible ratings and seem to be lying about the feature set. Doesn’t BlackBerry test feature claims to some extent?
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BlackBerry App World Reviews Becoming Increasingly Diverse

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When you look at BlackBerryCool.com’s traffic over the years, there’s been a major shift in the readership’s location that has shifted in direct proportion to where the majority of BlackBerry users come from. Back in 2009, traffic was mostly the US, UK and Canada. Now, Indonesia, India and Latin America, represent the lion’s share of traffic. One place you can see this demographic shift is in the BlackBerry World reviews.
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Ubisoft, Square Enix, Microsoft and More Speaking at Ottawa International Game Conference

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The Ottawa International Game Conference (OIGC) has announced its speakers for the 3rd annual conference. Speakers from Canada, the United States, Latin America and Britain will be coming to the conference to share their experience and love of gaming. This year’s conference is expecting record attendance and the content is reflective of a bigger budget and a changing industry.

Speakers include:

Sabrina Cormona, Square Enix.
William Volk, PlayScreen.
Thiéry Adam, Ludia.
Oscar Clark, Applifier.
Peter Heinrich, Amazon.
Louis-Rene Auclair, Hibernum Creations.

Read the full press release on the official OIGC website at this link. Tickets for the conference are still available.

What’s Going On With ScoreLoop at BlackBerry?

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Here’s a simple feature suggestion for ScoreLoop: why don’t you just read whether someone is viewing a link from their mobile or desktop, and display the appropriate app store? When you get a ScoreLoop email and you click the link from your desktop, the ScoreLoop page says:
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